Exercising is very important to keep fit, trim and healthy. Every morning we see that individuals indulged in some form of exercise such as walking, swimming, jogging, cycling etc. It is a low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by the young and old. Cycling is an age old sport that improves the health of the rider. Some health benefits are given below:
Amazing health benefits of cycling
- Cardiovascular fitness
Cycling is a great form of exercising that keeps your heart fit and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies show that those who cycled, had lesser risk of heart problems, than those who didn’t do cycling.
- Lowers cholesterol
About 3 times cycling in a week can lower the cholesterol level by improving the HDL and LDL ratio. It prevents cholesterol buildup within the blood vessels that can lead to heart attack. It stimulates enzymes that move bad cholesterol from the blood to the liver, where it is converted into bile and eliminated.
- Lowers blood pressure
Hypertension or high blood pressure can pose a threat to your health and regular cycling can reduce the blood pressure level by lowering both the systolic blood pressure and the diastolic blood pressure.
- Lowers the risk of cancer
Studies show that individuals who did regular cycling can reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Regular cycling can also reduce colon cancer.
- Regulates blood sugar
Research found that daily cycling for about half an hour controls blood sugar and prevents the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Reduces weight
Regular cycling helps to lose weight by burning off fat and calories, by increasing the heart rate.
- Gets rid of belly fat
Cycling helps you to lose excess fat on your waistline and get back into shape.
- Increases stamina
Cycling increases oxygen enriched blood to the muscles. The more you cycle, the more blood is supplied to the muscles which increases the stamina and reduce fatigue.
- Improves posture
Regular cycling can help to improve body posture.
- Improves height
Regular cycling can help you to grow taller. When you cycle, you muscles tighten and the lower part of the body becomes lean, making you look taller. You will have thin legs and a toned body structure.
- Improves joint mobility
Cycling is one of the best exercises to improve joint mobility and strengthen the muscles in your legs and throughout the body such as the arms, wrists, forearms, upper back and shoulders. Cycling improves knee joint movement and stability.
- Good for the skin
Cycling makes you sweat and sweating opens up the pores of the skin and makes your skin glowing. Cycling also improves the blood circulation, which improves your complexion and also make your skin look younger.
- Improves immunity
Regular cycling is a good way to improve your immune system, protecting your body and keeping bacterial and viral infections at bay.
- Improves co-ordination
Cycling regular can improve arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye co-ordination.
- Easy labor
Cycling is considered as a good exercise for pregnant mothers because it will help in easy labor and prevent complications.
Just 20-30 minutes of cycling every day can keep you fit and healthy. So what are you waiting for? Get on to the bike, enjoy the ride, enjoy the health benefits and save the environment. Happy Riding!!!